TO BE KILLED 3/5/2020/ Please call or text Kat the save 516 457-3678/ Needs a foster or adoptee to save ! Fortesque was abandoned tied to a bench and completely abandoned by the person he loved. The one person he trusted walked away. How can anyone do this to a dog, knowing that a dog builds their life around his or her family? Now we need to help this poor, broken boy find a new family - one that stays! Though he remains very fearful, not knowing WHO to trust, he has made some friends with volunteers and staff who spend time with him and let him know he is loved. At his shelter assessment appointment he was super social, wiggly, leaning in for pets, and even flopping down next to the assessor with a big smile on his face. And when introduced through a fence to a girl pup, he was all wags and soft wiggles too. This big guy is a cowardly lion, waiting for the one family who can give him back his courage and his sile. So let's get him out of there quick, and back into a family home! Hurry and message our page or email us at MustLoveDogsNYC@gmail.com for assistance fostering or adopting him. Or share him far and wide (crosspost, tag and pledge) to help him find a home. A staff member writes 'Fortesque takes his time making new friends but once the key to his heart, food, is found, he will warm up quickly. He needs a special person who will understand that he has a guarded heart and will make friends at his own pace. A quiet home where he will have the space and time to do this would be ideal for him. Once he gets to know his people he will be a loyal friend.' MY MOVIE! What his video , you will fall in love I'm a very good boy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIgEB4wXdpY FORTESQUE, ID# 88843, 3 yrs old, 72 lbs, Unaltered Male Manhattan ACC, Medium Mixed Breed, Brown Brindle Male, Surrender Reason: Stray Shelter Assessment Rating: NEW HOPE ONLY Just save red , dogs act different IN SHELTER OBSERVATIONS:: Fortesque has warmed up greatly to known handlers, displaying social behavior and soliciting attention. He loves treats and these have helped him to make friends. When he is walked by unfamiliar people or when unfamiliar people approach him and the people he is with, he has growled. SHELTER ASSESSMENT: Date of assessment: 22-Feb-2020 Leash Walking Strength and pulling: None Reactivity to humans: None Reactivity to dogs: None Leash walking comments: None Sociability Loose in room (15-20 seconds): Highly social Call over: Approaches readily Sociability comments: Body soft, pants, seeks treats from handler, stays by handlers, leans into petting Handling Soft handling: Accepts contact Exuberant handling: Accepts contact Handling comments: Body neutral, yawns, leans into petting, lays down Arousal Jog: Follows (loose) Arousal comments: None Knock: Approaches (loose) Knock Comments: None Toy: Grips, firm Toy comments: Body tenses and freezes, whips head towards assess-a-hand PLAYGROUP NOTES - DOG TO DOG SUMMARIES: 2/20/2020- A gate greet only is done due to being unable to collar. When Fortesque greets a female dog at the fence, He has a soft body and tail wag. 2/25/2020- When introduced off leash to a female dog, Fortesque greets politely and than attempts to mount. INTAKE BEHAVIOR: Date of intake: 19-Feb-2020 Summary: Fearful, growling and lunging in kennel;, allowed handling out of kennel. This is when he first came into the shelter so scared . ENERGY LEVEL: We have no history on Fortesque so we cannot be certain of his behavior in a home environment. At the care center, he displays a medium level of Recommendations: No children (under 13) Place with a New Hope partner Recommendations comments: No children: Due to the fearfulness, potential for defensive aggression and resource guarding displayed at the care center, we recommend an adult-only home. Place with a New Hope partner: Due to the fearfulness, potential for defensive aggression and resource guarding displayed at the care center, we recommend Fortesque be placed with a New Hope placement partner who is able to provide an experienced adult-only foster home. A period of decompression is recommended to allow him to acclimate comfortably to his new environment; force-free, reward based training only is advised when introducing Fortesque to new and unfamiliar situations. Consultation with a professional trainer/behaviorist is highly recommended for guidance to safely manage/modify any behavior he presents with outside of the care centers. Please save this lovely sweet boy from deaths door , he deserves so much more then this .